For day 4 of the Weight Loss Lifestyle Challenge, we want you to learn about another important nutrient you need in your diet – fiber!
What is Fiber?
You have probably heard the term fiber as something you need to keep you regular, but might not actually know what it is. Fiber is a nutrient in food that your body cannot break down. It is not digested, therefore it helps to clean out your digestive system, which is why it helps with your bowel movements. Fiber is only found in plant-based foods.
Most fruits and vegetables contain high amounts of fiber, as well as whole grains, lentils, beans, and chia seeds.
Benefits of Fiber
Soluble fiber found in such foods as black beans, turnips, broccoli, and avocados help keep your gut bacteria healthy and can even reduce your risk for illnesses like kidney stones, hemorrhoids, and diverticulitis.
When it comes to weight loss, fiber, in addition to your protein and healthy fats. helps you stay full longer thereby reducing your appetite and helping with overall fat loss. When combined with healthy foods and moderate exercise, soluble fiber can help you lose belly fat.
Tip – Add a fruit or vegetable to every meal and snack, and you will most likely meet or exceed your daily fiber recommendation.
Journal Prompt – In your opinion, what does it mean to lose weight in a healthy way?